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Old 10-04-2020, 11:14 PM   #1
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Hi from Atlanta, GA

I recently purchased a 1989 Chevy Cutaway Bus. Itís in excellent mechanical shape. Only had 66,000 miles and practically new tires. Iím havenít trouble getting the seats out. I cut some with a grinder but the metal is still stuck to the floor. I have about 4 leg stumps that will not come up.
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Old 10-04-2020, 11:26 PM   #2
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Chisel, grind or drill the bolts. Nuts can be chiseled off from underneath as well. A torch wil melt/cut the bolts but you run the risk of fire.
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Old 10-04-2020, 11:34 PM   #3
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Thanks Cheese Wagon, I didn’t think about torching...
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Old 10-04-2020, 11:38 PM   #4
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Have a fire extinguisher and / or a garden hose / bucket of water ready if you torch them.
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Old 10-05-2020, 12:46 AM   #5
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Well... Probably not the brightest idea in the seat removal dept.
But after up and down the underside of bus with multiple pairs of vise grips and impact and others sockets and wrenches. I got most of the seats removed. All done by myself with no help. Some of the seats were really kickin my A@@. All the window side of seats were simply release, and out of frustration on a certain seat that got me all worked up....
I just decided to lift the window side up with some leverage and force the bolt to snap.
It worked on that one ... so I continued to do others that the underside nut was not very accessible like that. They snapped and or at least gave me access to cut with sawsall.
Its not the smartest idea... But it sure made me feel better to win,
And I got away without a stray bolt breaking a window or taking my eye out.

Good luck and be careful regardless of how you choose to do it.
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Old 10-05-2020, 01:28 AM   #6
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Those last bolts snapping off like that can indicate rust.
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Old 10-05-2020, 07:47 AM   #7
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Well... Probably not the brightest idea in the seat removal dept.
But after up and down the underside of bus with multiple pairs of vise grips and impact and others sockets and wrenches. I got most of the seats removed. All done by myself with no help. Some of the seats were really kickin my A@@. All the window side of seats were simply release, and out of frustration on a certain seat that got me all worked up....
I just decided to lift the window side up with some leverage and force the bolt to snap.
It worked on that one ... so I continued to do others that the underside nut was not very accessible like that. They snapped and or at least gave me access to cut with sawsall.
Its not the smartest idea... But it sure made me feel better to win,
And I got away without a stray bolt breaking a window or taking my eye out.

Good luck and be careful regardless of how you choose to do it.
The craziest skoolie video I've seen so far is a guy who was using a jack to partially pry the foot of the seat slightly off the floor and then cutting underneath with a sawzall. The severed bolt heads were popping off like bullets.
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Old 10-05-2020, 09:51 AM   #8
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The craziest skoolie video I've seen so far is a guy who was using a jack to partially pry the foot of the seat slightly off the floor and then cutting underneath with a sawzall. The severed bolt heads were popping off like bullets.
Someone's jonesing for a Darwin award... Here's your sign...

I doubt OP's method would have been quite as lethal, however. Much less pressure exerted with your arms than with a hydraulic jack.
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